October 5, 2016

buying a mattress from Amazon

Purchasing a Amazon mattress is not as far fetched of an idea as you may think.  Recently we purchasedamazon mattress signature sleep a queen size Signature Sleep 8″  Amazon mattress, and found ourselves pleasantly surprised by the overall experience.

The mattress costs right around $135-300 (depending on size) with free shipping for Amazon Prime members.  It arrived rolled up in a compact box and weighed roughly 88 pounds. When our UPS driver dropped it off and we told her the box contained a queen size mattress, her jaw dropped in disbelief.

The mattress took about 15 minutes to remove from the box and cut the plastic off. Within seconds the mattress starts expanding, and about a few hours later that mattress will reach about 90% of its final size.

The Signature Sleep 8″ mattress is quilted on both sides and has 7″ coils encased in foam for optimum comfort and support.  We found the mattress to be extremely comfortable, firm yet soft.  According to the 6000 plus Amazon reviews many have slept on this mattress for 2-3 years and had not noticed much wear on the mattress.

amazon mattress signature sleep
Signature Sleep 8″ Mattress

Here are some Pros and Cons of purchasing a Signature Sleep Amazon mattress.


  • The Signature Sleep 8″ has coils which means that you can rotate and flip the mattress every few months to keep it in the best shape possible. Foam mattresses without coils cannot be flipped.
  • CertiPUR-US Certified (read more below)*
  • Zero if any smell
  • Delivered right to your front door
  • Takes minutes to set up
  • Price point


  • Unable to try mattress before purchasing. This is where Amazon reviews come in handy and the Signature Sleep 8″ mattress has over 6,000 to read from.
  • The box the mattress is shipped in is heavy duty and hard to open, you may need two people to get it out of the box (depending on the size) . Also be sure if using a box knife not to cut too deep as the mattress takes up all of the space in the box

Safer Foam Mattress Certification

One of my biggest concerns was off gassing and materials used to make the mattress. I was surprised to find that there are now safer foam mattress options.  CertiPUR-US is a not-for-profit company which tests the safety of foam to meet certain criteria.

From the CertiPUR-US website:

Ceripur-us seal with Signature Sleep mattressCertiPUR-US® is a not-for-profit certification program for foam used in bedding products and upholstered furniture. When you see the CertiPUR-US® seal, you can be confident that the flexible polyurethane foam inside meets CertiPUR-US® standards for content, emissions, and durability, and has been analyzed by independent, accredited testing laboratories.

CertiPUR-US® approved foams are:

Made without ozone depleters
Made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants
Made without mercury, lead and other heavy metals.               Made without formaldehyde.
Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)

Keep in mind the CertiPUR-US certification is for the foam only and does not include any of the other materials the mattress is made of,  but knowing that the main component of your mattress does not contain flame retardants, formaldehyde, and heavy metals is comforting.

bed frame with 8 plastic bin storage
Platform frame can fit 8 (58 quart) storage containers easily under the bed frame.

Platform Frame and Storage Bins

Foam mattresses work best on a platform frame (no box spring needed), but if you have box springs and just want to put a new mattress on top of your old box springs that will work just as well.

tall bed frame for plastic storage containers
Sterilite 58 quart plastic containers fit perfectly under the bed frame.

We ordered a very simple platform style frame without a headboard. The reason we choose this particular platform frame was that there is plenty of room for storage under the bed. My daughter collects Beanie Boos and she has plastic bins filled with them. With the new frame we are able to store 8 large  58 quart size storage bins under her bed!

Helpful Links:

Signature Sleep 8″ Mattress

Zinus Platform Frame

58 Quart Plastic Bins

CertiPUR-US website

List of other CertiPUR-US mattresses:

Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress

Sleep Master Ulima Mattress



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